Friends – Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello and happy Friday! It’s once again time for a ScrapMuch? Team A Sketch-y Friday reveal! This is going to be a short and sweet post for me today because I’m blogging from my happy place and my laptop has decided to be inconveniently moody.

My layout this week features some of my amazing friends and I used the Simple Stories We Are Family paper pack again.  I am honestly amazed at how versatile this paper pack has been. The friends title is an American Crafts thicker, and I cut the ampersand on my Silhouette. Otherwise everything else on the layout is from the Simple Stories pack.

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Here is the sketch we had to work with for this week:

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So now it’s your turn to hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of Team A has created for your inspiration.  You have until the end of the month to link up with us for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! As always, I can’t wait to see what you create!

Have a great weekend everybody!

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‘Tis The Season – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Happy New Year!

2016 is here upon us, and I hope it greets you all well.

Believe it or not, but it’s time for some ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Team A inspiration.  I actually have some scrapping plans this weekend. I figured I’d use these last few days of holiday staycation to work on some of my projects from the Teresa Collins Vegas event that I didn’t get to complete on site.  Speaking of holidays, since it’s so close to Christmas, I allowed myself one last Christmas themed layout to share for this holiday season.

Christmas photos for me are so rare lately that I had to dig deep and pull out some pictures from a few years ago.  Ok, ok, so it is close to 8 years ago, but who’s counting?!  Santa even gifted me an awesome point and shoot, and I tried to do a photo a day for December. I think I managed to make it to the 5th….

So here is what I created for this week’s reveal:

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All the paper is from Simple Stories and the Cardstock is Bazzill.  The ribbon is from my stash, and the die cut borders and title were from my Silhouette.  I also glammed up the title with some Wink of Stella clear marker over top – and a little brown Wink of Stella on the tree trunk too.  The bling atop the tree and the 25 wooden element are Tim Holtz.  You may notice some shadows on my layout. I took it outside in the warm December sun (!!!!!!) – seriously!

And here is the sketch we had to work with:

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So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration. Create your own sketch inspired layout, and share it with us for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

See you in 2 weeks with my next reveal!

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Love – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday

Hello everyone and once again happy Friday! Don’t look now but it’s the last Friday in November and December is right around the corner! It’s also time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday team A reveal. We’re ushering in the new month with a 2 page layout for your inspiration.

This month my page features a wonderful memory from my most recent trip to Las Vegas and the night I saw Cirque du Soleil Love. I usually make a point to see one Cirque show per trip, and this time I opted to see Love. I was blown away and sat in awe the entire time. It was purely magical. So without further adieu, here is my layout for this week:
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Because it was Love, I got to dig out all my fun heart tools like my border punch and squeeze hand punch. I also added a punch of metallic red using my Heidi Swapp Minc machine. That card was just perfect for adding some journaling about the night. I used some paper from Bo Bunny that is wonderfully distressed and vintage, with some beautiful cursive writing and music paper, also totally perfect for the page and the event.

Here is the sketch we had for inspiration:

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I know December is a busy month, but you now have an extra weekend to scrap your own version of the sketch and share it with us before the end of December for your chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! Make sure you take some time during the holidays for some scrap-therapy. It’s so worth it! Looking forward to seeing your creations!

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Vacation – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello and happy Friday!

July has truly flown by for me. A lot of work, a little getaway, and lots of wonderful hours enjoying the summer sun on the deck.

At ScrapMuch? we’re starting August a little early and doing our first Friday reveal today!  The good news is, it’s a long weekend here and maybe you’ll feel inspired to get in a little crafty time!

So here is my reveal for this week:
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I had a lot of fun working with this sketch this week. To me this was a fun mixing of paper from old lines in my stash, as well as some new Pink Paislee and Evalicious embellishments, a little bit of washi tape, some fun stamping, and some fun misting!

The pictures are all from a super fun trip we took 5 years ago to Puerto Vallarta Mexico. It was a perfect week of sun, sand and smiles. I don’t even care that I’m “behind” in scrapbooking because these are old pictures. It just means I have the opportunity to re-live the memories during the creation process. I’ve also long given up on scrapbooking chronologically and tend to organize my albums by theme. It’s what works for me.

Here is our inspiration sketch:

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration. I hope you join us and share your take on the sketch with us for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you again in 2 weeks with my next reveal!

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Scrapbooking: Evolution?

So yesterday I talked about the final days of Archiver’s and how much I’d miss them. I think it’s a symptom of an ever evolving scrapbook industry. Over the last few months I’ve taken a lot of time to think on how much the scrapbook world in general has changed in such a short time. I don’t think it’s “dead” as a hobby, but it is changing, and I’m not sure where it will go from here.

I know Archiver’s took a lot of heat for “putting the smaller stores out of business”, but I think that’s as much a casualty of a nosediving economy. Back in the day there were plenty of scrapbooking dollars to go around, and people had seemingly endless budgets. And then the economy tanked, and with it so went discretionary spending…

Scrapbook companies seen as pioneers in the industry started to go out of business; Rusty Pickle, Making Memories, Junkitz, Creating Keepsakes, Creative Memories, Scenic Route, Daisy D, Chatterbox, etc. There’s several threads on 2 Peas in a Bucket about manufacturers that are very missed. I admit to still hoarding a small handful of papers from some of those manufacturers; looking at you Scenic Route, Chatterbox, Rusty Pickle, Making Memories. Over time, other companies formed, others merged, some churned out so much product it was near impossible to keep up it seemed as though the industry was getting far too big (if you can believe that!), and there was simply more product than there were dollars to go around. It was becoming near impossible for the smaller local shops to keep up with the abundance of product, especially when some of the order minimums were so astronomical. Archiver’s had buying power as they were a larger outfit with multiple stores. Digital started to become an entity, and people were learning other new ways to preserve and share memories; facebook, blogging, Instagram, etc. And there’s another thought to consider, we are taking more and more photos and printing less and less because of evolutions in digital cameras and storage. I have over 10 thousand photos in my iPhoto and almost 2 thousand on my iPhone that haven’t been imported. Just think on that, years ago in the film era we were far more sparing of what we took, and of course, every photo got developed.

During the industry boom, Michaels, with their even larger buying power, expanded their scrapbooking section anchored by the star power and recognizability of the exclusive Martha Stewart line. They also offered deep discounts with their 40% off coupons, and the local stores further struggled to compete. Online stores started to open up all over the place, again offering discounts, free shipping and a wide variety of products as they didn’t have to worry about things such as the rent/utilities/maintenance of a bricks and mortar storefront, staff salaries, inventory shrinkage (fancy name for customer theft), and local business taxes.

What the local stores can and do offer is a community. A place for likeminded scrapbookers to gather at crops and classes. I still have many friends from my days when I used to go to crops that were always sold out on a Friday night, and the monthly Saturday crops had a wait list! But scrapbookers were changing, and starting to “collect” product. As fast as lines were being created, beloved lines were disappearing fostering a hoarding mentality.  Little Yellow Bicycle was one of the first to create small runs of product with a finite limit. In the process of local stores closing, online and big box stores ramping up, scrapbookers started to opt to stay home instead of going out to socialize and scrapbook. Staying home eliminated the need to pre-plan pages, pack up supplies, lug supplies (that are now bountiful) to the crop location and then anyone I know who has scrapbooked with a group has more than their share of “crop horror stories”. Some websites do offer online virtual crops and google+ hangouts, but I can honestly say I’ve never attended one. I’m sure I’m not alone.

Also in this time, scrapbookers got busier, opting to go the pocket page, Project Life, style of scrapbooking; a great way to preserve all kinds of memories in a quick and stylish manner. Kit clubs have also started to flourish. Again, as a time saving way for scrappers to get a variety of product, easily delivered to their doorstep, in a controlled monthly budget cost.

As I write, another local bricks and mortar scrapbook store has just closed their doors after several years in business citing rising rent costs as a big factor in the decision to close. American Crafts has just acquired another industry giant in Bazzill Basics Paper. What’s next? I have no idea.

Last summer, Nancy Nally of  Scrapbook Update shared her thoughts on how Project Life has revolutionized the scrapbook industry as we know it. Nancy is a great resource in the industry and definitely has her finger on the pulse. If you aren’t a follower of hers yet, you should be.

Ironically, last summer she also shared her thoughts on “Scrapbooking’s Identity Crisis“. We have similar thoughts. I’m curious to hear yours.

Sakura Hanami

I have a bucket list dream to travel to Japan one spring for Sakura Hanami. We also have cherry blossoms in Toronto in High Park that were donated by the Japanese after World War II. I’ve often meant to see the blooms in Toronto, but they have a very narrow window for peak blooms, roughly one week. Most years when I’ve been able to go, the weather has been less than co-operative. With our mild spring this year the blossoms were early, and one sunny Monday in April I found myself already in Toronto during peak bloom.  I am so glad I managed to finally take it all in, with SLR in tow. I was in a great headspace that day, and  that just added to my bliss. It was a bit of a metaphor for my own life. No matter how stormy the winter, the blooms signify new hope, new beginnings, new promise, new life. If you don’t take that chance to slow down, and take in all that life has to offer, it just may pass you by, and the opportunity is gone – temporarily.